Woman Sues Twitter for ISIS Propaganda

Woman Sues Twitter for ISIS Propaganda

Celia Nguyen , News Writer

Who would’ve thought Twitter would stir up so much rampage?  So much for tweeting.

In a recent article on ABC News titled, “Woman Sues Twitter for Allegedly Allowing ISIS to Spread Propaganda,” it noted, “The widow of an American man killed in Amman, Jordan  during an attack on police there has sued Twitter, blaming the social media platform for allegedly making it easier for ISIS to spread its propaganda, court documents say.”

The name of this woman was Tamara Fields,  who claimed that Twitter was a site for posting and sharing thoughts, but was also a way for terrorism to spread. Her husband, Lloyd Fields, was previously  murdered by a Jordanian police officer who was a part of ISIS.

Her case was backed up by explaining the rise of ISIS and Twitter being a threat, with pages like this from Twitter members:



A complaint issued by Fields stated,” ISIS had about 70,000 accounts with Twitter and posted at a rate of 90 tweets per minute at the time of Lloyd Field’s death.”

In response to Fields, founder of Twitter Biz Stone spoke out to her by one of the many questions asked to him by reporters with: “If you want to create a platform that allows for the freedom of expression for hundreds of millions of people around the world, you really have to take the good with the bad”.

Twitter is  focused on the sending out messages, whether they may be in a positive or negative light.

The Facebook Security policy is much more complex, though, as they have included on their page “Notifications for Targeted Attacks”:  “Starting today, we will notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state.” They even go as far as sending a message to users that may be in the presence of trouble using the site or causing it.

Posted by Facebook Security on Friday, October 25, 2013

https://www.facebook.com/security/ Facebook Security Cover Photo

Meanwhile Twitter’s page is run as more on user responsibility with the post explaining,”Maintaining top-notch security online is a community effort, and we’re lucky to have a vibrant group of independent security researchers who volunteer their time to help us spot potential issues. To recognize their efforts and the important role they play in keeping Twitter safe for everyone we maintain a vulnerability rewards program”.

For more information check this out, https://about.twitter.com/company/security

Ultimately, whether or not you prefer Facebook or Twitter, sometimes security is a priority.

UPDATE:  On February 5, 2016, Twitter announced that it had shut down 125,000 terrorism-related accounts.  The company explained that its staff members were charged with reviewing suspected accounts and were trying to strike a balance between free expression and the needs of law enforcement.